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Description of Speleophria mestrovi sp. nov., a new copepod (Misophrioida) from an anchialine cave in the Adriatic Sea
Krsinic, F. (2008). Description of Speleophria mestrovi sp. nov., a new copepod (Misophrioida) from an anchialine cave in the Adriatic Sea. Mar. Biol. Res. 4(4): 304-312. dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000801930072
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
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  • Krsinic, F.

Abstract
    A new copepod species, Speleophria mestrovi, collected from an anchialine cave on Vis Island (Croatia) is described. This is the first report describing a misophrioid copepod, thought to be a Tethyan relict, found in an Adriatic anchialine cave. The new species is distinguished from other Speleophriids by combination of the following features: prosome is five-segmented; the urosome has five somites in females and six in male; genital double-somite is symmetrical and is slightly longer than it is wide; caudal rami are symmetrical, seta I is well developed; the antennules of both sexes are symmetrical, that of the female is 21 and of the male is 24-segmented; there is a bulb-shaped process on the first antennular segment; the antennal exopod is six-segmented; the maxillule displays 14 armature elements on the praecoxal arthrite and the basal exite is unarmed; the fifth legs are symmetrical, four-segmented and uniramous; and the distal segment in males and females is armed with three and four elements, respectively.

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